Working in the midst of Times Square I’m less than excited to walk outside for lunch, to say the least. In a sea of “I LOVE NY” family t-shirts, slow-walking tourists and disposable cameras…I can only hope to make it across the street without strangling someone before my lunch hour is over. Among all things, I never expect to spot new trends or see anything fashionable pass before me because all the REAL New Yorkers would never commit lunchtime suicide by passing through Times Sq. Very different from my gig last summer on the lustrous and luxurious streets of 5th Avenue.
Anyway, to my surprise, I found something “interesting” on the street today. I won’t say it was fashionable…yet. But it was definitely interesting:
Now I’m not really sure what to say about these…they’re definitely “interesting”. And honestly after stalking this girl for 1.5 blocks to try and get a decent pic, they honestly started to grow on me (no homo). They’re simple black leggings that have slashed cutouts on the side..taking them from normal to “risque”. At first, I assumed Ms. Risque (she shall be named) just cut these out herself. However, upon further research I discovered that they actually come ripped these days. Here’s a cool pair from Shopbop:
It has been a little over a week since the passing of the great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. At the tender age of 50, he left us and simulataneously created one of the greatest media frenzies in history. Sources say large database websites like Google and Twitter were out of commision for minutes at a time because of all the buzz about Michael Jackson’s sudden death.
Aside from being an incredibly talented and nearly-worshipped entertainer, Michael Jackson was known for his edgy and vibrant style. In fact, there are a number of trends that were started because of him and MY prediction is that there will be a HUGE surge in the reincarnations of many of his trends now that the star has passed away. Here are my predictions:
1. SPARKLE & SHINE*
Clearly there was nothing dull or drab about the late great MJ. Anytime he walked into a room, walked on stage, or graced anyone with his presence – he took the SPOTLIGHT. With sparkly ensembles like this one, you had to pay attention. My crystal ball is telling me, there will be an influx of designers creating jackets and vests with this concept in mind. Gold embellisment, sparkles and sequins will abound, whether it be in subtle detailing or in standout peices like this one!
2. MILITARY INSPIRATION
Michael Jackson was one of the first big-time celebrities to rock the Military trend to no avail. You could always spot him rocking the structured jackets with the gold embellishment, high shoulder pads and fringe. This trend is catching on quickly as some of reputable high-end designers have already started putting peices like this in heavy rotation. Even celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna have been spotted with the Balmain military jackets and I’m POSITIVE more designers as well as lower end retailers like H&M and Zara will be catching on soon.
Beyonce, sporting the Balmain jacket with a white tank & skinny jeans
Rihanna rockin the Balmain in true MJ style, with the curly hair and dark shades – love it!
3. BLACK FEDORA
Now I know fedoras in general have been making a style comeback since Spring 08. Walk along any tree-lined street in NYC’s East Village and I challenge you to count how many heads are donning a lightweight fedora. However, the black fedora (perhaps in a heavier material) provides a very stylish way to rock a hat in the Fall and channel that old-skool vibe.
What better way to channel energy and command attention than in firey red duds. Red is known to be a color that commands power and also insinuates sex appeal. I mean there was never a song like “Lady in Brown”, right? It’s always been the “Lady in Red” that takes center stage. But male or female, this color has the power to attract. And the King of Pop was no stranger to this color as Thriller induced an unmistakeable association between firey red and Michael Jackson.
Well, that’s my forecast of what’s in store for the Fashion world now that MJ is gone. Mark my words, any designer that decides to pick up an entire line dedicated and inspired by Michael Jackson’s style, will be wildly successful. Not just for his legacy and his inspiration, but also because it would be a line of really amazing peices. I’ll be first in line for a sparkly jacket!
R.I.P. Michael Jackson – King of Pop & Style Icon
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a sucker for vintage. I spend my free time scouring thrift shops and vintage stores to find cool things nobody can hold claim to from any mass-producing retailers. Vintage stuff is always so original, and you really never know what you’re going to find. Anyway, I stumbled upon this EXTREMELY cool leather bag the other day. I think its SO cute, but my vintage bag collection is getting a bit outrageous. Was thinking of selling it on Ebay or something. Anyway, I took some pics. Let me know if you like it:
What I like most about it is the intricate detail and the leatherwork. I also LOVE this color leather. Its like a rustic brown that matches with everything..my fave.
Rumor has it, Ms. Beyonce and mama Tina Knowles are in the works of launching a new line under House of Dereon that takes inspiration from Bey’s alter-ego “Sasha Fierce”. The line has been in the works and is scheduled to hit stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s this upcoming fall. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup:
Now as much as I love me a solid black fashion piece, I have to say this is a huge disappointment. When I hear the line is going to channel “Sasha Fierce”, I’m thinking FLYY, EDGY, off-the-wall pieces. To create an entire line of black pieces without a HINT of creativity or innovation is a complete waste of time, money and effort!
Ok so maybe the big names like Versace, Gucci or Prada could pull off an entire line of black pieces and get props and credibility for them – but the Knowles’?? I think not. I’m sorry but these pieces are too REGULAR. How can I call something fashion when I can find an exact replica at a local Walmart?
Really though, let’s assess the situation here:
– a plain black leather jacket with lackluster embellishment…. I’m sure BabyPhat has already got this look covered. Clever, Tina, real clever.
– black leggings and a black tank? Are you kidding? Nobody is going to pay an extra penny to buy plain black leggings with “Sasha Fierce” written on the tag
Honestly, the best thing about these looks are the ACCESSORIES. Those booties and peeptoes I see are the only thing fierce on those models. Now when the acessories speak louder than the clothes, you KNOW there’s a problem.
As far as I’m concerned, Beyonce might be reputable as an entertainer, but NOT as a designer. And Tina – let’s not forget those sparkly cutout costumes she used to slap on Destiny’s Child. Now I was a crazed fan like all the rest of us, but please believe looking back, I dunno WHAT in the hot hell Tina Knowles was thinking:
I don’t know how many of you watch Real Housewives of Atlanta but I’m a huge fan. Anyone remember that episode when Project Runway runner-up Michael Knight made an appearance on the show to help give one of the housewives some advice about her up-and-coming “fashion line”? I will never forget, he said something along the lines of “Designing a fashion line isn’t for everyone”.
He was basically saying, just because you’re rich, famous, think your stylish and have money to spare, DOESN’T mean that a fashion line is something you should pursue. So many celebrities these days think they can just throw together a line and because they are who they are people will buy it. Umm, we’re not dumb. We know a black tank top is a black tank top whether it be from Conway or from the House of Dereon…
Anyway, maybe it’s just me, but with a name like Sasha Fierce, you have to come correct. We don’t wanna dress up in a black skintight bodysuit like you did in “Single Ladies” Bey, so DON’T design one.
We’re trying to look FIERCE not FOOLISH.
This past Sunday June 28th BET held its annual Awards Show. Now one of my favorite things about Awards shows, surprisingly is NOT the musical performances but the celebrity fashions. So I have taken the liberty of providing some of my insights and critiques on the best and the worst of this year’s fashions. Let’s begin the countdown with the T0p 10 BEST & WORST that made me wanna look twice…
10. BEST – Taraji P. Henson
OK so must admit I’m a little torn over Taraji’s look at the Awards. On one hand, HUGE fan of all black. It’s sleek, its classy, its chic…
HOWEVER, if you’re going to do skintight black, you have to make sure all your bases are covered. This dress is a bit unflattering for her midsection and she needs a touch of ice on the neck to really make the whole look POP. Other than that, I LOVED the one-shoulder and the spikey hair gave it some added drama.
9. WORST – Niecy Nash
Did somebody say gold lame?? When I saw this look on Ms. Niecy Nash I almost felt out my chair. First, let me say, when us shapely and curvy girls get dressed, we have to be very careful what materials we let lay across our bodies. Gold lame should never be one of them! This dress is all wrong for her body shape. It is cinched in an awkward position at the front bringing attention to her thighs and midsection. The color is reflecting her flaws instead of accentuating those assets. And Niecy girl, you need to get back to puttin’ them flowers in your hair because this is NOT a good look for you.
8. BEST – Keri Hilson
Although this wasn’t my absolute fave look of the night, I applaud “Ms.Keri baby” for being daring and taking a fashion risk with this dress. In the end, I think she really pulled off this look. This could easily have ended up on my WORST list. She saved herself by keeping the accessories simple (next to none), and allowing this creative dress in all its color, shape and flair, take the center stage. Good job Keri. I need to find out who the designer is..
7. WORST – Omarosa
Did homegirl get dressed in the dark?? Omarosa, really tho? Where are you going looking like a HOT pink powderpuff?! This dress is way too young for her, way too poofy and way too 80’s prom. Who is going to take you seriously wearing something like this. Certainly not Donald Trump sweetie, trust me.
6. BEST – Brother rockin the Lavender
Now I’m not an expert on Men’s fashion at all, nor do I know who this brother is, HOWEVER, when I saw this look, I HAD to put him on the countdown. Never have I seen a man rock a lavender blazer so tough. He turned a color that could’ve been borderline suspect into a well-noted fashion statement. I absolutely LOVE the tailoring on the collar of this blazer. And he paired it with just the right combo to pull it off: white oxford and dark jeans. Props to the young man whose name I still don’t know.
5. WORST – Chamillionaire
Again, I’m not an expert on Men’s fashion. HOWEVER, I do know the difference between something that fits and something that just don’t belong. Is it me, or are the EXTRA BAGGY plain-color tees a thing of the past?? And THEN, he had the nerve to pair them with SKINNY JEANS???? Brother, you’re confused. Next time you think of steppin out like this, you need to channel the “Chamillion” within and CHANGE into something more appropriate. Thanks.
4. BEST – Amber Rose
I must say, upon first seeing this look – I was not a fan. Initially, I saw her sitting in the audience next to Kanye and Iasked my friend “Now why is Amber Rose at the Awards in a plain white tee? Not doing enough!”. But then, I stumbled upon these full length photos of the couple to realize she was wearing this open-back Alexander Wang minidress. Although it closely resembles a white Tee like I originally assumed it was, there’s actually a cool opening at the back that makes it playfully provocative. And she really dressed it up perfectly with the hot pink pumps, clutch, and shades. I will say this though, please don’t leave home without some gel pads covering those nips…I saw a bit too much of the full frontal.
3. WORST – Lil’ Mama
Lil’ Mama, lil’ mama, where do I begin? What in the HOT HELL?? Ok so I’m all for the jumpsuits these days. I say, if it looks good on you, do it. And this jumpsuit could’ve been killer…instead its more like roadkill!! Lil’ Mama has fall victim to a true fashion diva’s greatest downfall: OVER- ACCESSORIZING! Black patent leather belt with white piping? And a bright red clutch with a crunchy ponytail to top it off. Sweetie, if you don’t have a stylist – please get one. Because this is not acceptable. And somebody PLEASE tell her to stop wearing those blond squirrel-tails (can’t even call them ponytails anymore cuz ponies look beteer than that) on her head.
2. BEST – Beyonce
So I’m gonna fall in line with everyone else and say that Beyonce’s dress was in my top 2 of favorites for the night. Although I love this Balmain piece, I can’t say Bey rocked it to its fullest potential. Even the best need some work:
a. Too matchy-matchy. We know the dress has green and purple in it, but you don’t need green hoops and purple shoes to play those colors up. The dress is flashy enough in and of itself
b. I know yall like to do things big in Texas, but those earrings need to brought down a notch – all the way down to some elegant diamond studs. They’re taking too much attention away from the gorgeous dress.
c. Slick it back! The wavy hair is great on you Bey, but not with this look. A sleek, slick ponytail would’ve took this look from “cute” to “runway-ready” in 2 seconds flat.
I won’t say she ROCKED it, but she definitely pushed it real hard.
1. BEST OF THE NIGHT – Alicia Keys
What else can I say – the girl looked good! From the hair down to the toes, A.Keys stepped out in tip-top shape. Her outfits of the evening, including the sparkly minidress she wore inside when taking home her Humanitarian Award were amazing. The soft mint color and perfect sheer cut of this dress both compliment her tone and give her just enough skin to look sexy yet still classy. And she’s truly showing off her worldly side with these beautiful Moroccan-inspired beaded accents. Shoes and bag = no fuss. Just a simple compliment to her already-fab threads. Good style, great hair, great rep as an Ambassador for AIDS Awareness..nothing bad to say about Ms.Keys tonight.
Well, that concludes my fashion countdown for the BET Awards. Above all the fashion, celebrity appearances and performances, it was an amazing night to witness all the love and support for the late and great Michael Jackson. May his soul Rest in Peace. Tune in for a special post about MJ’s fashion influence as well as my forecast on how his style will be brought back in heavy rotation for the coming months.